Thirteen hospital trusts will be the first to receive a share of £78m to support electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA).

The new electronic systems will help hospital trusts move away from handwritten prescriptions. This will:

  • Reduce potentially deadly medication errors by up to 50 per cent when compared with the old paper systems
  • Build up a complete electronic record
  • Ensure fast access to information on prescribed medicines
  • Reduce duplication of information-gathering.

The 13 NHS trusts provide a mixture of acute, mental health and community services. They will receive a share of £16m funding for 2018 to 2019.

In February 2018, the previous Secretary of State announced that the funding would be made available for trusts that had not made progress with implementing electronic prescribing.

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